Putin is ascending, insofar as he is expanding his and Russia’s power and sphere of influence. It continues to be unlikely that sanctions will drive him to the bargaining table. His popularity will grow, and the stakes will seem too high to directly oppose him. Thus, he will be successful with his strategy of territorial expansion in the name of refighting WWII. The West’s only response will be to whine and impose limited monetary and trade sanctions. What Putin offers back is a clear goal of Greater Russia that makes historical sense to his constituency. His behavior reveals a nuanced and polemical understanding of the trajectory of these historical forces and a willingness to play his hand out on the world stage.
I have no faith in Hillary or the Clintons whatsoever, but I’m willing to support Marianne’s letter…
Marianne Williamson’s An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton: “Hi, Hillary. You know me. I mean, we’re not friends, exactly, but we’re acquaintances…”
My main squeeze Lady Liberty wrote me last week:
Has anyone heard of Lawrence Lessig’s Super PAC to end all Super
PACs? Dubbed The Mayday (https://mayday.us/), it is exactly what we’ve been talking about but now crystallized into action.
US: I checked it out, and it’s pretty hot. It’s what we’ve been
missing: a covalent political initiative wherein the agenda that’s being pushed is to establish a change in free speech as well as the money situation. The best example of that that I’ve seen to date is Bill Bradley’s suggestion regarding a constitutional amendment and other things that go with. But a political solution without trying to break the stranglehold from another direction, from populism, can’t work. That’s why Occupy was so promising; and this is its bastard stepchild. We need both.
It’s petition day! Yes, it’s true that clicking a link is worth about the time you put into it, but that is actually not nothing, and collectively it’s a lot. Plus, that’s why you’re willing to do it: it just takes a second. Now, if you have more time, you can write a comment like I did: “I am just one voice, but anybody is just one voice, therefore my voice is no less than anybody’s. That’s not just philosophy. It’s the principle upon which our country was founded. And that is actually the principle that’s at stake if Net Neutrality goes down. FCC, stop shirking your responsibility and grant ISPs the same status as other communications providers.” Either way, at least visithttp://www.noslowlane.com.